The James Beard America's Classics Award is given to locally owned restaurants that have timeless appeal and are cherished for quality food reflecting the character of their community. The 2019 honorees join the ranks of over 100 restaurants from across the country that has received the award since the category was introduced in 1998. This year's winners will be celebrated at the annual James Beard Awards Gala on Monday, May 6 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
The 2019 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Award Winners are:
Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse (1609 17th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009; Owner: Paul Katinas)
Annie’s endures as a nexus for Washington, D.C.’s LGBTQ community. George Katinas, a first-generation Greek-American, and U.S. Army veteran opened the restaurant in 1948, and by the early sixties, it had earned a reputation as a welcoming space for gay people. It moved to its current location in 1985, and George’s son, Paul Katinas, eventually took over. Through the years, Annie’s has remained a stalwart supporter of LGBTQ causes, among them the Gay Men’s Chorus, Whitman Walker Clinic, Food and Friends and the Pride parade. At Annie’s, the steaks are hefty, the burgers juicy and the cocktails strong, but what really keeps people coming back is the restaurant’s legacy of inclusiveness and respect.
Pho 79 (9941 Hazard Ave., Garden Grove, CA 92843; Owners: Tong Trần and Liễu Trần)
Jim’s Steak & Spaghetti House (920 5th Ave, Huntington, WV 25701; Owners: Jimmie Carder, Larry Tweel and Ron Tweel)
A&A Bake & Double and Roti Shop (1337 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11216; Owners: Noel and Geeta Brown)
Sehnert's Bakery & Bieroc Café (312 Norris Ave., McCook, NE 69001; Owners: Matt and Shelly Sehnert)